I’m so excited! Rosie and Dan are coming down this weekend and I’ve been busy in the kitchen all afternoon. Rosie is a bit of a chocaholic so we have loads of chocolatey goodies, as well as some savoury delights to enjoy too. And I’ve finished this month’s magazine as well – with SIX Bustle & Sew projects for you to enjoy ….
I can’t decide which one’s my favourite! These patterns are all in the September Magazine which will be published next week. But meanwhile, as I’m feeling so very excited at seeing the happy couple and enjoying a whole weekend of wedding chatter, I thought I’d share the bliss by giving away a free pattern – my little “Grandmother’s Bunny”. You can spot her in the top right-hand corner of the image above, and here she is a bit larger …
Isn’t she pretty? And (with a little bit of tweaking from me), so modern-looking. Why, you might wonder, have I called her Grandmother’s Bunny? Well, unbelievably this transfer is from an embroidery magazine dated 1933! So she’s 80 years old – definitely old enough to be a grandma! Just CLICK HERE to download your free Grandmother’s Bunny pattern – and I do hope you’ll enjoy stitching her.
Thank you everyone for your patience – I have now worked the random number generator ….. and the winner is comment number 65:
Which means – if I have counted correctly – and I do hope that I have – the winner is Michelle. Well done Michelle – I have emailed you. Thank you so much to everyone who entered, and in particular those who gave me some ideas for new softies, I shall definitely be attempting to create at least some of them over the coming months.
Though I have to say that at present I am feeling a little topsy turvey here at Coombe Leigh. This is because I have been thinking about Christmas – in particular “Christmas in July” – which is always a big event in the crafting blogosphere.
This year I’m collecting together nearly all my Christmas patterns from the last three years into a single book. I’m tweaking the older ones to bring them right up-to-date, as well as including one or two new designs. I will of course include my Fabric Deer Head (he has turned out to be one of my most popular patterns ever!) and there will also be some illustrations from Jacqui, including the one above. Here’s a sneak preview of the cover for you……
It’s no wonder then, that I’m feeling topsy-turvey with all this thinking about Christmas when there’s blossom on the apple trees and bluebells in the woods. But Christmas in July isn’t that far away, just six weeks or so, which isn’t long when you’re trying to combine more than 20 patterns into a new book.
Never mind .. Ben and Daisy will make sure that I take plenty of time out for trips to the beach and walks along the shore ….. all we need now is some more warm sunshine!
Do you remember my Fuzzypeg softie pattern? He was such fun to sew that I’ve made another – this time a friendly blue bunny in the softest felted cashmere. His tummy is Fox Hollow organic cotton, and he has the cutest woolly pompom tail. But …. he has nobody to love him. Fuzzy lives here with me, and I don’t have room for another rabbit on my shelf, which means that this little fellow is looking for a kind new home – can you help?
For the chance to win this little blue bunny please leave a comment below telling me what new softie pattern you’d like to see in the Bustle & Sew softie store. The winner will be chosen by random selection and I will post worldwide. The draw will close at midnight BST on Tuesday 21 May.
Good luck everyone!
I know Fuzzypeg was the hedgehog in Alison Uttley’s “Little Grey Rabbit” stories. (I loved them as a child).
But my Fuzzypeg is after all a grey rabbit – so I thought the name would suit – to me he looks like a Fuzzypeg and I do hope you like him. The pattern to make your very own Fuzzypeg will be in the May issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – out on Thursday 25th April.